More than 85,000 Idahoans signed up for health insurance plans through the state's health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho, as of the first week of April. The Idaho Press-Tribune newspaper in Nampa reports (http://bit.ly/1OPoiFi) that only Florida, Maine and Georgia had more enrollees per capita than Idaho. Your Health Idaho runs on federal money as well a 1.5 percent fee to insurance carriers on plans booked through the exchange. The marketplace's board of directors recently voted to raise the fee to 1.99 percent. The state-run exchange was launched last November as part of the Affordable Care Act. Idaho was one of a dozen states that chose to run its own exchange after the federal website encountered serious glitches.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.